Thursday, January 7, 2010

J.T.'s "Scary Shit I Need To See In 2010" list: Secret Sunday (9 Wat)

Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom put Thai horror on the map in 2004 with Shutter but sadly, subsequent films like Alone and See Prang have barely seen the light of day.

2010 brings with it a zen-flavored gem called Secret Sunday (9 Wat) directed by Saranyu Jiralaksanakul which will hopefully help worthy titles in the Thai horror realm to find their way to my DVD shelf.

Secret Sunday features newly blonde Thai hottie Siraphun Wattanajinda and James Alexander in a story of self-redemption and dire reckoning. It tells the story of an architect and his journey to nine temples to rid himself of a dangerous accumulation of bad karma that threatens not only his life, but the lives of those whom his bad karma has tainted.

It is a common New Year's tradition in Thailand (the Thai New Year hits around April) to make a pilgrimage to Bangkok and visit all nine sacred temples in order to guarantee one's self an abundance of good fortune for the coming year. It is pretty cool to see a variation of this cultural practice serve as the backdrop for a horror film.

I'm under the impression that Secret Sunday (9 Wat) should be released sometime in February but if it is a limited release in some far away major city, I am going to be very pissed off.

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